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Modeled on an antique scientific instrument, this ornate brass case holds a working sundial and compass.

Category: Product ID: 339



Nobody had a smartphone during the Renaissance. But the era’s geeks didn’t lack for cool, portable information devices. This one, for example: it’s modeled after antique, 16th century “compendia”—small, scientific instruments with more than one function. Crafted with delicate, ornamental engraving, they were show-off items for aristocratics. Inside the ornate casing of this sturdy brass beauty, there’s a folding sundial mounted on a compass—and both of them work. History and astronomy buffs, and fans of steampunky artifacts, will love being surprised by this forerunner to the electronic gadget they have in their pocket. Designed in Spain. Made in China.


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